At the Ref Desk (11/7/19): Everyone who watched the morning news has come over to ask if that was me on TV. [more...]
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Interview with WGN-TV

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/6/19 (10:36pm)

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019 was an important day -- or rather important evening. It was when WGN-TV broadcast the interview with me [link here] produced by the excellent reporter, Erik Runge. The actual interview took place a few days earlier at the DePaul Library.

The topic was my experience in West Berlin both before and after the Wall came down. The segment also included other witnesses both here and in Berlin. The fact that the reporter included so many other photos of me -- from my days in Paris to a shot of me in lederhosen at 4 years old holding on to Mayor Daley -- made the whole thing seem so much like a personal biography.

That said, I truly appreciate how the reporter let me have the last word. For so long the east side of Berlin was a symbol of oppression while the west side observed tolerance and liberty. It truly was a triumph of democracy -- something I shall never forget.

Update: Erik Runge and the good people at WGN-TV aired a follow-up segment on Thursday evening. The title was, "Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall Still Ring True, 30 Years Later" [link here]. As the title suggests, the piece looks at the lessons from this period together with what people born afterwards think about it. My own comment which they include was to agree that lessons were drawn but that people can forget them -- if only (one hopes) temporarily.

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IFLA Library Map of the World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/30/17 (10:58am)

Neat interactive world map provided by IFLA allowing you to find out how many libraries, librarians, etc. there are in countries ranging from Latvia to Papua New Guinea.

See more here: https://librarymap.ifla.org/map

Link de Jour : What Google Really Thinks About You

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/19/14 (2:31pm)

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Google Analytics recently added a "Demographics and Interests" feature to its set of tools measuring website traffic. They amass this data basically by what kinds of searches you do, your Google+ account, the sites you click on, etc. To see how accurate a picture it has drawn of you, click the following link:

http://www.google.com/ads/preferences

LibSite.org : Sneak Peek

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/7/07 (3:46pm)

LibSite.org

LibSite.org : A Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites: Just a sneak peek of LibSite.org -- a recommendation service for library related websites. I've been working on it for a while and will probably be announcing it "officially" at some point early next week.

New ALA Wiki: Read Write Connect

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/27/07 (11:07pm)

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Bill Drew (SUNY Morrisville) posted a link on Web4Lib to the American Library Association's new Wiki, 'Read Write Connect'.

Link of the Day: Only Human

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/20/07 (4:50am)

Website 'Only Human' is the True Confessions of social networking sites. It bills itself as a "community where people share stories about mistakes they've made in life and their advice to others."

A glance at some of the most recent 'mistakes' includes, "focusing on my studies and not getting a job", "getting in trouble with the cops" and "bringing along/almost finishing 2/3 a bottle of rum". Based on these experiences, authors can include one-line 'words of advice' that are then prominently displayed with special highlighting. Readers in their turn can leave comments and rate posts by clicking on a box marked "I learned from this".

Fun idea. Up there with Twitter. (h/t Mashable)